L.A. mayoral, California House races soak up money and attention: Two high-profile U.S. senators, California’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and a House member, and a U.S. senator from Illinois are on the ballot Tuesday.
In Los Angeles, incumbent Mayor Eric Garcetti faces Councilman Gil Cedillo in a runoff for his second term.
Brown, running for president, is set to face Republican Joe Donnelly in a U.S. Senate race in Indiana, leaving just one race undecided in a region that’s been politically important to Republicans for decades.
And in El Paso, a U.S. House race could be decided by a swing state: Democrat Beto O’Rourke of El Paso is facing Republican U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso in the U.S. House race.
The Los Angeles ballot includes two congressional races.
The Democratic primary features a race between Congresswoman Katie Hill and former Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Janice Hahn, who both ran in 2018 for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The Republican primary pits incumbent U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher against newcomer Josh Harder, though Rohrabacher has the edge in fundraising heading into Tuesday, which has helped Harder’s campaign.
An online political “caucus” poll on the race has Hill leading by 50 percent to 43 percent.
The Associated Press projects Giffords will win the seat but that the midterm elections are a high-turnout event for the area, giving Democrats an opportunity to pick up more seats.
The two congressional races to watch in Los Angeles are the races for U.S. House seats held by Democrats in the city of L.A., and both are in highly competitive races.
Here’s a look at those four congressional races, by district.
Los Angeles County: U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Knight for re-election.
Waters, who was elected to Congress in 2010, is in her third term representing the 10th Congressional District. While she would have won the seat comfortably in 2016, she has been embroiled in a sex scandal, has lost at least one job since she was elected